Admittedly, I am not a Tiger fan, but I do not think he deserves to be on the RC Team.
He cannot find a fairway, he has been in the 60’s exactly 6 times out 33 rounds, actually 34 times (but he WD mid round).
Prior statements about the “Pay for Play” back in the 1999 Ryder Cup (with O’Meara and Duval)
the US Team played remarkably well and easily won against a favored Euro team in 2008. The only time the US team won with Tiger on the team was 1999, and that took a miracle.
In his pre-Masters press conference, When asked it he wanted to be on the Ryder Cup team Tiger said “If I qualify”. Last week, at the WGC, when asked if he would accept a Captain picks, he only responded by saying “I am planning on playing my way onto the team.” Since those statements, he fell from #10 in the standings to
#12 in the standings.
He has been on the team bubble (or outside) ever since he came back to play at Augusta. Did he add any tournaments to his normal schedule? Not a one. He skipped tournaments in Hilton Head, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft Worth, Memphis, Hartford, Quad Cities, Canada, and West Virginia. he has either never played these tournaments or hasn’t played these tournaments in since early this century.
Tiger is 78th on the money list, 107th of the Fedex cup list. He ranks about 50th amongst Americans and about 20th amongst Americans in dollars/event. His 12th place standing in the Ryder Cup is helped considerably by his results in the 2009 majors (the only 2009 events that counted) and his performance in the 2010 majors (bigger bucks (points) and then points are doubled).
Ironically, Corey Pavin sits at 106th in the Fedex Cup standings, Woods 107th. If Pavin decides to play at the Barclays there is a 67% chance that he will be paired with Woods in the first two rounds of the tournament. Essentially, Woods will be auditioning in front of Pavin for a pick.
Admittedly, Pavin is not in a good situation. how can he leave off the best player of the generation. If doesn’t pick Woods and the team loses, the press and US golf fans will skewered like a kabob. If he picks Woods, and he cannot find a fairway, again he will be roasted.
Pavin has no choice but to pick Woods, but I truly believe it is not in the teams best interest.
The US Team won handily in 2008 without Woods. The US Team lost in 1997, 2002, 2004 (badly, home turf), and 2006 (badly) with Woods. We did in 1999 with a miracle comeback.